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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2010 Meijer 300

Surprise, surprise. Joey Logano won the pole. Joey Logano won Saturday night's Nationwide Series race at Kentucky. And Cup regulars finished 1-2-3, with Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski playing bridesmaid to Logano, whose win marked the third consecutive season he's won the Kentucky NNS race from the pole dating back to his first career win. Though a few drivers were able to keep up with his No. 20 car on restarts, the long run proved to be a boon for JGR's Toyotas as Logano was uncontested coming to the checkers. Fortunately for the fans watching, both Scott Wimmer and Brendan Gaughan (who each banked top 10 finishes) were able to keep up with Sliced Bread for at least a few laps. Mike Bliss also got around the No. 20 at lap 156, but he would spin late after losing the lead, finishing 24th.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland

It’s amazing what a driver can do when Goodyear brings rock-hard tires to the track. In a scenario reminiscent of that seen at the Cup race in Charlotte last October, where Jeff Burton managed to hold off a hard-charging Jimmie Johnson despite having nearly 40-lap older tires, Joey Logano and Jason Leffler stayed out under a lap 186 caution (one of only two the entire race) while the rest of the leaders pitted for fresh rubber. But what happened next left everyone in the field, including Kyle Busch, with their jaws on the floor.

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2009 Daytona Summer Speedweeks Edition

The July 4th bash at Daytona International Speedway literally ended with a bang, as Kyle Busch’s attempt at blocking Tony Stewart from taking the race win sent him bouncing off the frontstretch wall. While the finish stole the headlines, the plights of Chase-contending drivers permeated other post-race storylines. Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya, Kasey Kahne, Mark Martin, David Reutimann, Jeff Burton, Clint Bowyer, and Brian Vickers now sit in spots 11th thru 17th in points, and _all_ of them were involved at least somewhat in wrecks or spins Saturday night. At the same time, the race atop the point standings opened up, as Tony Stewart took the checkered flag and Jeff Gordon got caught in the first “Big One” early in the race. The ability of drivers in this wreck-filled race to bounce back into contention is a major factor in determining this week’s *HOT*, *WARM*, and *COLD* drivers.

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Did You Notice? Boris Said a Madman for a Reason, Petty’s New Face, and Leffler, NNS in Trouble?

*Did You Notice...* That Boris Said was a one man wrecking ball on the road course at Sonoma this past Sunday? Of course you did, because unless you’re a P.J. Jones or Dave Blaney fan, Said probably made contact with your favorite driver during the race’s 113 laps. Said’s brazenly reckless and even violent performance on the track was a sharp departure from the car control and breathtaking footwork that he has demonstrated on NASCAR’s road courses over the years, and a large number of fans took notice.

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Nuts for Nationwide: For Series Regulars, The Time is Now

In counting down the days till the start of the 2009 standalone stretch for the Nationwide Series, I find myself constantly thinking back to my favorite time in college, the 2006-2007 football season. The slogan my beloved Demon Deacons took the field with that season was a simple one: The Time Is Now. No more stockpiling redshirted talent, no more 4-7 seasons full of moral victories, no more fighting Duke to stay out of the ACC cellar. The time certainly was then, as “little old Wake Forest” won 11 games and their first ACC championship in 36 years, making it all the way to the Orange Bowl, and giving Louisville, the No. 3 team in the land, everything they could handle and then some. That team did things that Wake Forest football had never done, and more importantly, were not supposed to do.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 CARQUEST 300 at Charlotte

A Nationwide Series regular went to Victory Lane for the first time in 2009. It only took a lucky caution…and a lot of help from Mother Nature…to finally make it happen. The only car left on the lead lap waiting to pit before green flag pit stops cycled through, Mike Bliss got a lucky break that instantly absolved all the bad luck his Phoenix Racing team has endured this season on Lap 153, when Kevin Hamlin’s contact with the turn 4 wall brought out a yellow that trapped literally the entire field (sans lucky dog Brendan Gaughan) at least one lap behind his No. 1 car. Restarting in traffic behind the 11 cars that started in front of him on the tail end of the lead lap, Bliss methodically worked through traffic and kept out of trouble until rain started falling on the track at Lap 170. Though NASCAR and track crews worked feverishly to prepare the track, the jet dryers reported having lost the track, and Bliss ended up in Victory Lane.

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Five Points to Ponder: 2009 Southern 500 at Darlington Edition

*Tweet, tweet* Just when you’ve thought you’d seen it all, professional athletes are giving fans more access through social networking sites and blogs all across the internet. Scrolling through Twitter (a real-time short messaging server that many celebrities toy around with) the other night, I stumbled across the page of Nationwide Series driver "Michael McDowell":http://twitter.com/mmcdowell47. To my surprise, I noticed that McDowell was giving updates throughout Friday night’s race from… his race car? There were six updates on McDowell’s page during the duration of the race from "TwitterBerry" -- a service that allows Twitter users to update their page from their BlackBerry phone -- leaving me wondering if he is actually updating his Twitter page under caution from his race car.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2009 Diamond Hill Plywood 200 at Darlington

Just another Friday night Nationwide Series race in 2009... or so it seemed. Kyle Busch took the lead early, ran away from the field, and stunk up the show at Darlington, leading all but ten of the laps run in the 200-miler. But despite his best efforts, the 24-year-old did not take one step closer to his oh so superfluous goal of winning 200 NASCAR races. Thanks to a late race incident that scattered the track with debris, Busch suffered a flat tire under caution prior to a green-white-checkered finish, forcing him to pit for fresh rubber as a result. That left Matt Kenseth and a hard-charging Jason Leffler to duke it out for the win.

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Mirror Driving: Does TV Owe NASCAR Underdogs? Grading The Childress Crew Swap, And Nationwide Surprises

*Kyle Busch scored his 50th win NASCAR Cup, Nationwide and Truck competition with last weekend’s two victories at Richmond. Busch says he wants to get to 200 to “beat” Richard Petty's mark. Can he get there?* Kurt: Well, does that really count? I was thinking that isn't a fair comparison. That said, it's too early to tell; but if anyone, can it's Kyle. Beth: Right, it's way too early to make that call. And besides, I wouldn't count it unless it was 200 Cup wins. Jeff: I agree — you need 200 Cup wins to beat the King.

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